Identifying the Technological Building Blocks in an Enterprise IoT Architecture

July 9, 2015

In the growing Internet of Things enterprise solutions depend on increasingly complex architectures, which can be broken down into six major domains.

As the IoT continues to grow, solutions will depend on fairly complex architectures. Smart connected devices will be connected to local and/or wide area networks to allow for communications to take place between the devices and the applications. In the service layer domain, enterprise systems domain and data and applications domain, data will be managed, processed, stored and transformed into actionable insights.

For many existing M2M and IoT architectures, the scope and functionality within each of these domains will have been tightly defined for the specific attributes of the application, and any associated regulatory, risk management, monitoring and reporting reasons. For the emerging IoT architectures, each of these domains will need to reflect the significant attributes of scalability, agility and flexibility.

In a recent white paper sponsored by ThingWorx, Machina Research describes what they see as the six major domains that make up the architecture of a typical IoT solution.

  1. Device Domain (devices, sensors and modules)
  2. Local Network Domain (wireless sensor + router, hub or aggregator)
  3. Wide Area Network Domain
  4. Service Layer Domain (ncl, M2M & IoT platforms)
  5. Enterprise Systems Domain
  6. Data & Applications Domain 

The paper provides a detailed description of each domain and also discusses the importance of scalability, agility and flexibility when applying with IoT technology. Also provided is information on preparing a feasibility study for enterprise IoT opportunities and a chart of such a study’s high level attributes.

Get the full white paper: "Blueprints and feasibility studies for Enterprise IoT (Part 2 of 3)"

And also see Part 1: “A new agenda item for enterprise executives: Enterprise IoT (Part 1 of 3)